“O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!” Psalms 119:5
As I thought and studied on this verse and correlating Scriptures, I sighed. I really find myself in the position of the Psalmist here as he sighs and wishes that his ways were directed to keep and do what God has said.
I am sure I am not the only one who struggles with the flesh. There is so much positivity preaching out there these days that if we aren’t students of the Word, we will forget that we are sinful human beings and we are to bring ourselves under subjection to God. The world has not stopped in its propagation of sin. Just about every tv show and movie out there is promoting the idea that we are good and that we should love ourselves the way we are. Well, how does that fit in with this next passage of Scripture?
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:” Colossians 3:1-10
I shouldn’t love what I am supposed to mortify and put off.
The desire of every Christian ought to be the same desire of the Psalmist in that he wanted his ways to be directed to keep God’s statutes.
Where do we find that direction?
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:6
One of my college professors sat me down one day as I struggled with my temper. He pulled out a piece of white copy paper and he drew a stick figure that represented me. Then he drew a grave and a little tombstone over it and wrote my name. He slid the paper across his desk and said, “This is what you need to do every morning”.
“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Romans 8:13
This takes practice and determination to keep our eyes on Christ and NOT ourselves. Our flesh calls out for attention. It wants to get even, mad, sad, aggravated, satisfied, its way, you get the picture. The flesh wants and wants and wants. But the Spirit lives and is fulfilled. It produces fruit and a rich life in Christ Jesus.
Acknowledge God this morning. Read the Word. Obey the Spirit. Mortify your flesh. By doing so, you will find yourself in the path of keeping God’s statutes. He won’t seem so far off when you go to Him with a prayer request. He will guide you in those crucial moments with a still small voice telling you which way to go as you journey throughout your day.
Tomorrow you will need to get up and hold a graveside service all over again for your flesh. Don’t let it live and reign or you will be off the path and sighing again.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Leviticus 23 / Isaiah 15-16 / Psalm 79 / Mark 13